Where To Go On Holiday In Portugal
A captivating mix of pretty coastal towns, up-and-coming cities and staggeringly beautiful countryside, Portugal has plenty going for it and with budget airlines and tour operators in on the action it’s no task to pick up a reasonably priced deal.
The capital city of Lisbon is like no other; small in size, relaxed and steeped in history it makes for a great weekend break. Highlights include riding the iconic number 28 tram, taking in the views from the Castle of São Jorge and the intricate Belém Tower and partying into the night in the quaint yet lively suburb of Bairro Alto. Day trips from the capital include the staggeringly beautiful UNESCO town of Sintra and the coastal areas of Cascais and Estoril.
Porto in the north of the country gives Lisbon a run for its money with its picture-perfect old town, baroque São Francisco church, Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace) and Serra do Pilar Monastery to name but a few attractions. Commanding views over the city are obtained from the Torre dos Clérigos, and what visit to the birthplace of port would be complete without a visit to the Nova de Gaia wine lodges to sample the wares?
For those in search of a beach break the Algarve region in south of the country won’t disappoint. Faro is easily reachable via budget airline and is a wonderful mix of city and coast, while Praia da Luz is accessible through package deals. This tourist friendly area offers beautiful beaches and charming village life, the perfect tonic for escape from everyday life.
Whilst Portugal has been visited for many years by holidaymakers it still remains largely untouched by tourism meaning you can still enjoy a slice of the true Portugal.